Native American Symposium

Current Schedule of Events

Friday, November 3

9 am – Native Politics – Student Union Auditorium 213

Mike Taylor, University of Mary, “Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Flourishing in the Wake of Trauma”

Peter A. Huff, University of Mary, “Standing Rock as an Interreligious Movement”

9 am – Native Veterans – Student Union 323

Tara Hembrough, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “Addressing Shared Stereotypes of Native Americans and Veterans in a Composition Course’s Reading Sequence”

Noah Patton, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “From Peace to Protagonist: Oklahoma Residents as Wartime Personages”

10 am – Native Art – Student Union Auditorium 213

Amy Gantt, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “Art of the Mississippian Culture”

Jennifer L. McMahon, East Central University, “Indian Summer: Reclaiming and Revitalizing Native American Identity through Art.”

10 am – Native Legacies – Student Union 323

 Jim Gerencser, Dickinson College, and Linda Sue Warner, Ph.D. (Comanche) Northeastern Oklahoma A & M, “Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center: New Opportunities for Research and Exploration”

Crystal C. Moore, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “Our Modern-Day, Traditional Choctaw Wedding: An Educational Scholar’s Cultural Legacy Introspection”

10 amNative Philosophy and the Environment – Student Union 303

B. Steve Csaki, Independent Scholar, “The Native Self vs. the Myth of the Autonomous Being.”

Joseph Bohanon, “How Is Mother Earth Affecting Behavior in the World.”

11 am – Native Art and Film – Student Union Auditorium 213

Shannon K. McCraw and Maddison Poteet, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “Institutionalizing Narratives: An Exploration of Ila Turner McAfee and H. Louis Freund’s Oklahoma Post Office Murals.”

Sidney Lewis, East Central University, “Steady as a Beating Drum’: Native American Stereotypes in Cinema and Progressive Perspectives”

11 am – Native Education II – Student Union 323

Crystal C. Moore, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “Indigenizing Oklahoma Education: The Oklahoma Council for Indian Education’s Effort to Capacity Build via Culturally-Responsive Innovation and Strategic Partnerships”

Joseph Bohanon, “Are Tribal Colleges Stepping Stones for Success?”

11 am – Native Literature and Language – Student Union 303

Ken Hada, East Central University, “Papa Doesn’t Answer Me: The Threatened Inuit Family in Vanessa Gebbie’s Short Story ‘The Kettle on the Boat.’”

Daniel Bonar, East Central University, “Accidental Preservation: What the Oklahoma Chronicles Tell Us About the Influence of French and Native American Words”

12 pm – Lunch in the Loft

1 pm – Featured Speaker Amanda Cobb-Greetham – Student Union Auditorium 213

Dr. Cobb-Greetham is currently chair of the Native American Studies department and Director of the Native Nations Center at the University of Oklahoma. She formerly served as Administrator of the Chickasaw Nation Division of History and Culture, and is the author of numerous books, articles, and presentations on Native topics, including most notably Listening to Our Grandmother’s Stories: The Bloomfield Academy for Chickasaw Females, 1852-1949, and her current book project For Better, For Worse: The American Indian and the Oklahoma Imaginary.

1:45 pm –  Native Drama and Poetry Reading – Student Union Auditorium 213

Kathleen Hardgrove, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Telling Our Stories

Ron Wallace, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Renegade and Other Poems

1:45 pm – Native History – Student Union 323

Stephen Egbert and Paula Smith, University of Kansas, “Great Frauds and Grievous Wrongs”: Mapping the Loss of Kickapoo Allotment Lands in Kansas”

David Michael Smith, University of Houston-Downtown, “Counting the Dead: Estimating the Loss of Life in the Indigenous Holocaust, 1492-Present.”

1:45 pm – Henry G. Bennett Library Native American Commons

Brandon Burnette, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “The Native American Collection at Southeastern: Print and Electronic Resources.”

3:00 pm – Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner – Student Union Auditorium 213 

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001) is an epic Canadian film directed by the Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk. It was the first full-length feature film ever to be written, directed, and acted entirely in the Inuit language, and it retells an old Inuit legend handed down over centuries of oral tradition. Scrupulously accurate down to the smallest details, it is easily the best and most authentic film ever made of traditional Native life, and in 2015 it was voted the best Canadian film ever made at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Symposium Image
The image for this year’s symposium is the painting “Crossing the Red,” by Jane Semple Umsted, currently a faculty member in the Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Disability Assistance
Please contact Dr. Mark B. Spencer at (580) 745-2921 to request assistance due to a disability. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed without adequate advance notice.

For Further Information
Dr. Mark B. Spencer
Department of English, Humanities, and Languages
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Durant, OK 74701-0609
(580) 745-2921